What does ace in the hole mean?


Idiom Meaning:

a hidden secret advantage


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


One More Train to Rob (1971)

Timothy X. Nolan: You let the old Chinaman slip away. He was my ace in the hole!

Harker Fleet: He wasn’t worth two deuces in the barn.


The Dark Knight (2008)

Time of Scene: ~02:09:00

Batman: This city just showed you that it’s full of people ready to believe in good.

The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent and all the heroic things he’s done. You didn’t think I’d risk losing the battle for Gotham’s soul in a fistfight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine’s Harvey.

Batman: What did you do?

The Joker: I took Gotham’s white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. You see. Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!

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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Time of Scene: ~01:48:20

Don Altobello: You are my ace in the hole, as we say in America. I have a stone in my shoe. You can remove it.

Mosca: Only one stone?

Don Altobello: It’s dangerous. A famous man. You will have to take precautions.

Mosca: Tell me what to do, then I will tell you my price.



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